Shelton was the player mentioned but not named in the "Transfer news" section of the February 6, 2015 edition of the War Room.
Out of Inglewood High School, the 6-foot-1, 180 pound Shelton was a late addition (committing on signing day) to USC's recruiting class of 2012. Shelton was listed as a three-star safety by Scout.com and the No. 10 ranked safety in the West region.
At USC Shelton shifted to cornerback and redshirted during his first season in 2012.
As a redshirt freshman in 2013 in the opener against Hawaii Shelton recorded two tackles and two pass deflections playing backup cornerback and on special teams. But Shelton was forced to leave the game with a foot injury that kept him out of action for the rest of the year.
Last season Shelton played cornerback on the scout team in practice, but did not participate in any games for the Trojans.
With Shelton's departure, USC will enter the 2015 season with 80 players on scholarship, including two former walk-ons. The Trojans are permitted up to 85 scholarship players for the first time since 2010 now that NCAA scholarship sanctions have ended.
On Wednesday 19 players signed letters of intent to attend USC, joining the five incoming players already enrolled.
In addition to those 24 announced players, the Trojans will add two more "blueshirt" players during fall camp. Those blueshirts will be initial counters for the class of 2016, but will be on scholarship and eligible to play for USC during the 2015 football season.
For more details on the USC scholarship situation heading into the 2015 season, please refer to our USCFootball.com Scholarship Distribution Chart.
Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for updates on the scholarship situation, offseason workouts and preparation for spring football starting on March 3.
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